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 Post subject: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:45 am 
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I´m relutant to find a more vintage sounding out of my Texas Specials, I´m not much into that grit tone, I would like to have a more vintage chimey sounding out of them, but I have no option for buying another set of pickups for now.
Some Texas Special owners have succefully ajusted their pickups getting out that grit tone, getting a more "Big Dipper" kinda sounding out of them.
Just help me out posting your Texas Specials pickup height measurements in milimiters and posting some pictures of it on the pickguard so I can take some examples and try it again.
Mine are setup with 3.6mm on bass side and 2.4mm on treble side as Fender specs, tried to 4.0mm bass and 3.0mm treble too, but I would like to learn and see for myself what do you Texas Special owners do to yours on getting a more vintage vibe out of them.
Yeah, I know that this sounds like "just play with your pickup height until you hear its good", but I really wanted to make comparsion on other peoples Texas Specials to see if I´m the right milimiter range you guys found the sweet spot on them.

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 Post subject: Re: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:56 am 
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Cón Texas Special´s guys, help your mate here!

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 Post subject: Re: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:42 am 
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Really, just adjust them to get the sound that you want. What works for one person may not work for you.

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 Post subject: Re: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:21 am 
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Hi joaokorb, Here's how mine are set. They are nice and chimey.(Custom Shop Texas Specials)
Bridge is 11/64 on both sides or 5mm.
Middle is about the same as the bridge.
Neck is base side 12/64" or 6mm....treble side is the same
Measure from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the strring.

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 Post subject: Re: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:53 am 
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Thanks for the input bshane84 !
I see your string action is pretty high! And your pickups are set damn low on the 5-6mm range!
I as thinking loosing too much tone lowering them more then 4mm, but now Im going to try your setup tonight and hear if I like it!
Yeah I know, if you want chimey go buy a set of 69's, but for now I dont have the cash. So let's try burying those texas special bitches onto the pickguard!

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 Post subject: Re: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:01 pm 
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My Texas Specials are set pretty close to Fender factory specs for pickup height. Mine have never sounded gritty, and don't seem to do too well with high gain distortion.....but they are the best pickups I have for blues! The neck pickup is heavenly, and the 2 and 4 positions have the "quack" I had been looking for in strats for years!


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 Post subject: Re: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:09 pm 
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I guess my ear tells me that the gritting tone comes from the D and G polepieces. I'll try too setting the Fender Specs 3.6mm bass 2.4mm treble based on the D/G polepieces instead of the E/E poles. Lets see how that would sound.

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 Post subject: Re: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:02 am 
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I agree with Bshane84. Lowering the pickups even more on your hot pickups will give you a better vintage tone through the Pro jr. The amp is pretty touch sensitive and the lowering of the pickups will smooth out the highs and tighten the lows. You won't loose much tone, you'll get clearer tone. Also, if you want big bottom full tone try the amp though a 12" speaker and cabinet (this will give you the bigest change in tone).


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 Post subject: Re: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:04 am 
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Neck - Bass 4.2mm - Treble 3.0mm
Middle - Bass 4.0mm - Treble 3.0mm
Bridge - Bass 4.0mm - Treble 2.8mm

There's where I found my Texas Specials to sound nice, mellow and glassy tone. The grit is only there if volume on 10 and heavy strumming. Otherwise pure vintage vibe now. Thanks all you guys for the inputs.
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My dog liked the sound of it as well ! Toffu, the dog!

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 Post subject: Re: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:50 pm 
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Nice guitars there guys. I too have been trying to find a balance between the grit and the more bell like tones.

I think with the next string change I am either going to go up a gauge or two or find a set of .10s that has a wound g. To see if that sounds and feels better.

Does anyone who plays with Texas Specials have a wound G? How does it sound with the staggered pole pieces? Does the volume on the wound G string blend in with the others as opposed to that punchy sound with the plain G?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:00 pm 
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Lower them p/u's By the way what kinda s/n is that never seen one like that.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:07 pm 
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Nice guitars men. All my strats pickups are set pretty low.They kill..........Mike

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:48 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:19 pm 
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Agree, lower away. Also I run my Pro Jr. through a 66 Bassman 2x12 cab and it really opens up the tone, I have used it at a couple jam sessions and had NO problem keeping up with a DRRI volume wise.

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 Post subject: Re: Texas Specials - Height for Chimey Vintage Sound
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:27 am 
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tbazzone wrote:
Lower them p/u's By the way what kinda s/n is that never seen one like that.

For obvious reasons I have hidden the serial number on the picture.

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